Desk vs. Puppies…

In the battle of “Desk vs. Puppies” the clear and overwhelming winner is PUPPIES!!!!

The first to be born.

The first to be born.

Yup, not much has happened in my electronic life, behind on mail – both e and snail, have not blogged in awhile, and pretty much not accomplishing most of the things I usually do sitting inside at my desk since April 11th. Cause that is when Bedbug gave birth to a litter of beautiful puppies we are calling the Rocket Dogs. (more on that later)

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…the most amazing view. Iditarod 2015

Leaving Fairbanks on the way to Nome.  Photo by - Julien Schroder

Leaving Fairbanks on the way to Nome. Photo by – Julien Schroder

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” An excerpt from an Edward Abbey Quote (see the full quote here) is etched in my brain as describing my Iditarod.  I had this feeling before I even had the quote to describe it, so when I saw it displayed on the fridge where I stay when I am in Nome* it really resonated. Hopefully as I share with you some of my rambling memories and thoughts on this years race it will all make sense ~ and if not (also possible) then at the very least you must believe me and imagine the the run for White Mountain to Nome. It has moments when you are up in the hills surrounded, engulfed really, with such amazing beauty there is no way words can express it, and at that point you have been through so much. Just one of the many times the feeling that this amazing view, so few will ever get to see, makes the journey no matter how challenging worth it! And when I read the Abbey quote says it summed it up so well.
*Oh and Mush Thanks to Kristine, Ian, and Raina for being amazing friends who always take such good care of me & the dogs when the race is over! Continue reading

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Last one before I hit the trail…

And as you might guess with everything going on this is going to be a quickie post.

Mostly to say MUSH THANKS to everyone who was a part of getting me this far. It really is a team effort, and without our friends and supporters this just would not be possible! So one again, MUSH THANKS to our supporters, we can not thank you enough!

Photo Credit Albert Marquez

Photo Credit Albert Marquez

Also this is a fine time for a little re-cap and some photos from the Ceremonial start in Anchorage yesterday.  Continue reading

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Drum-roll Please~

Well it has been a wonderful winter, with a lot of time and effort spent working toward our goal of the 2015 Iditarod. One of the hardest pre-race tasks I faced was trying to decide which of our awesome dogs would be joining me on the trail to Nome.

Taking the whole crew out on a training run. Photo credit - Joe Albee

Taking the whole crew out on a training run.
Photo credit – Joe Albee

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A Run in the Sun -

After an entire day of vet visits and physical exams in town yesterday (see photos here) both the dogs and the mushers were ready to get out and enjoy some sunshine and fun on the trails around our home!  And that is exactly what we did.  I had the camera with to document it all and share with you. And since a picture is worth a thousand words I will spare you my ramblings and just get right to the photos, enjoy! Continue reading

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Pre-race Vet Care, key to a happy healthy team.

Today was a big day for the Dew Claw race dogs, maybe not their favorite day, but an important one nonetheless.   Today we loaded all the dog in the trailer and headed to town for 2 very important appointments. Now the Dew Claw dogs get pretty excited when they get to go in the trailer, usually it means we are going somewhere fun to explore new trails.  And I think they were bummed when the first stop was for EKG’s and Blood Draws.  This is a mandatory screening for ALL Iditarod race dogs.  These tests give us key information about the health of our dogs, and can reveal things that would not be visible to mushers, even after our hours of observing our team.  This is the kind of information that really helps us make informed decision about which dogs are best suited to racing this year.

I have some photos from today to share with you. But first I want to take a minute and thank Jan, Tabitha, and the great group of Vet Techs who did such an awesome job today!  Blood draws and being strapped to an EKG machine may not have been a favorite activity, but the love and attention that was given the dogs made it all better.  Also want to give Mush Thanks to Dr. Jim Atwell and the folks at Providence Health System for their continued support of the Iditarod. They will be doing the lab work and reading the EGK’s. Continue reading

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